September 12, 2017

PUNCHINELLO: A Petrarchan Sonnet

PUNCHINELLO: A Petrarchan Sonnet
    [based on the art of Caras Ionut]

En route tonight attired in red-white suit
and mask, cycling fast to hide a lengthy nose,
Punchinello appears in classic pose.
Tonight, in gloved hand he will strum a lute
to thunderous applause. He’ll bow: a brute
who masquerades a gentleman whose foes
are few. They see facades, just what he shows,
not the tormented fool riddled with woes,
but friendly comic Mr. Punch whose break
elicits belly laughs, guffaws galore.
The stick with which he whacks those on the stage
is hardly humor. A second encore
brings him back. He bows and we say, “How sleek!”
as if Punch alone dons masks to hide deep rage.



  1. Cool interpretation of the prompt Sal :)
    I like the line - cycling fast to hide a lengthy nose - how curious, but it's so effective! Sets us up well for the rest!

  2. I like injecting reality into the weird!